The first Honda Rebel was made in 1985 and was intended to be the ideal beginner’s bike. And it turned out to be a hit because it was economical, cheap, and easy to ride. After more than 3 decades, the Japanese marque is now reanimating its entry-level cruiser line with the 2017 Honda Rebel 300 and Rebel 500.
The Honda Rebel 300 is powered by the 286cc, single-cylinder engine from the CBR 300 while The Honda Rebel 500 gets the liquid-cooled parallel twin from the 471cc CBR 500. Both engines are four-valve, DOHC, fuel-injected engines which have been retuned for better low-end grunt.
But design is where both these bikes really shine. They have a cruiser/bobber look with a sporty yet relaxed stance. The sculpted fuel tank sits wonderfully on the new trellis frame and the 41mm telescopic front forks look outstanding too. The design also focuses on making the bikes as easy-to-ride as possible. The Honda Rebel 300 tips the scales at 165 kg and the Rebel 500 at a 185 kg, and both bikes come with optional ABS. Their low seating, light weight, and high manoeuvrability certainly make them the idyllic beginner’s bikes.
As a mini-cruiser, the new Honda Rebel 300 and 500 would be very well received in India where the segment is largely dominated by the Bajaj Avenger series. As of now though, there has been no word from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter about any plans of bringing their newly reborn Rebel series to India.